EUGENE, ORE. - In his last game on the mound for the Golden Bears, senior left-hander Kyle Porter was stellar, shutting out No. 16 Oregon (42-17, 18-11), 6-0, Friday night at PK Park in Eugene. Porter (6-5) did not give up a hit until the sixth inning and pitched 8.0 innings with two hits, no runs, two walks and eight strikeouts. Porter Postgame Interview
Porter defeated the Ducks' Jeff Gold (6.1 innings, eight hits, five runs, four earned runs, no walks, one strikeout), who came into the contest with a 10-1 record. Porter has won 15 games in his career as a Bear, including giving Cal its first College World Series victory since 1980 when he defeated Texas A&M in Omaha as a freshman in 2011.
Cal (25-27, 12-17) scored a run in the top of the first inning off of Gold when senior first baseman Devon Rodriguez had a two-out single and scored on junior DH Brenden Farney's double to right-center field. The Bears added a run in the second inning when junior shortstop Derek Campbell led off with a double to left field and later scored on freshman second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz's sacrifice fly to center field.
Cal plated three more runs in the fourth inning when Farney led off with a single, freshman third baseman Lucas Erceg reached base on a catcher's interference and Campbell followed with an RBI double to left field. Senior left fielder Vince Bruno then had an RBI ground out to second base and Tenerowicz scored Campbell with an RBI single through the infield.
The Bears tacked on an additional run in the eigth inning inning when Erceg's two-out double to right center scored Farney.
"Kyle Porter was fantastic tonight," said Cal coach David Esquer. "He has never been better as he defeats one of the league's top teams on the road. I am really proud of how hard our team rebounded after having a game we felt we let slip away yesterday."
Cal, which fell to the Ducks, 5-1, Thursday night, will try to capture the series when it plays Game Three Saturday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in the final regular season contest for the Bears. The game will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks Bay Area.